Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

PhD Students

Ayers

Victoria Ayers

Graduate PhD Pathobiology – DMP Kansas State University

Research Field: Virology - Arboviruses

Mentor: Dr. Dana Vanlandingham

Hometown: Prague, OK

Research Project:

Bickmeier

Naemi Bickmeier

BVM Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
MSc Kansas State University

Research Field: DMP

Mentor: Dr. Katie Reif

Hometown: Oshakati, Namibia

Research Project: Bovine Anaplasmosis.

Bold

Dashzeveg Bold

DVM, Mongolian State University of Agriculture
MS, Mongolian State University of Agriculture

Research Field: Virology - FMDV, ASFV, CSFV, SARS-CoV-2

Mentor: Dr. Richt

Hometown: Uliastai, Mongolia

Research Project: Developing serological diagnostics for viral diseases, e.g., FMD, ASF, CSF, COVID-19

Laura

Laura Constance

Kansas State University (KSU), Manhattan, KS(2013-present)
Kansas State University (KSU), Manhattan, KS(2012-present)DVM
North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC(2010-2012)
Master of Physiology,Degree awarded May 2012
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2010-2012)
Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Minor in Genetics, Degree awarded May 2010

Research Field: DVM/PhD program; PhD program: Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Megan Niederwerder and Dr. Raymond Rowland

Hometown: Clyde, NC

Research Project: Understanding how the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus modified live virus vaccine affects the microbiome of pigs. Additionally, I am working on variation in clinical signs associated with different isotypes of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.

Diana Dewsbury

Diana Dewsbury

BS in Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University
MS in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Kansas State University
PhD Candidate, Pathobiology 2021, Kansas State University

Research Field: Epidemiology

Mentor: Dr. Katie Reif

Hometown: Shawnee, KS

Research Project: Veterinary Outcomes Research.

Elijah

Catherine Elijah

BS in Agriculture, Kansas State University
DVM, Kansas State University

Research Field: DMP, Feed Safety

Mentor: Drs. Gebhardt and Jones

Hometown: Houston, TX

Research Project: Understanding the role of feed and feed supply chain for disease transmission in swine. Also, understanding the prevalence of Atypical Porcine Pestvirus in US swine production.

Hasan

Md Kamrul Hasan

MS in Biology 2019, Kansas State University

Research Field: DVM/PhD program; PhD Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Philip Hardwidge

Hometown: Tangail, Bangladesh

Research Project: Exploring intrabacterial activity of Type 3 Secretion System protease effectors.

Johnson

Blaine Johnson

BS 2010, Iowa State University
MS 2012 Oklahoma State University
DVM 2016, Iowa State University
PhD Kansas State University

Research Field: DMP: Epidemiology/Data analytics

Mentor: Drs. Brad White and Robert Larson

Hometown: Red Oak, Iowa

Research Project: Heart disease in feedlot cattle.

Kumar

Deepak Kumar

DVM (G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India)
MS, Veterinary Public Health (G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India)

Research Field: Rotavirus immunity in swine, Viral Phylogenetics

Mentor: Dr. Douglas Marthaler

Hometown: Rishikesh, India

Research Project: Development of G and P genotype-specific ELISAs to detect neutralizing immune response against Rotavirus in sows and passive immunity in piglets

Kwon

Taeyong Kwon

DVM & MS Konkuk University, South Korea

Research Field:Transboundary animal diseases and emerging zoonotic diseases

Mentor: Dr. Richt

Hometown: Cheonan, South Korea

Research Project: African swine fever and severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2.

Madden

Daniel Madden

BS in Agriculture 2011, Kansas State University
DVM Kansas State University
MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences 2021, Kansas State University

Research Field: Virology and Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Jürgen Richt

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Research Project: African swine fever virus immunology.

McCall

Jayden McCall

DVM/PhD (Pathobiology), MPH (Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses), Kansas State University

Research Field: Immunology, Vaccine Development

Mentor: Dr. Mwangi

Hometown: Valley Center, KS

Research Project: Protective antigen identification for African Swine Fever Virus.

mcdowell

Chester McDowell

Master of Science, Kansas State University

Research Field: Molecular Diagnostics

Mentor: Dr. Jürgen A. Richt

Hometown: Corrales, NM USA

Research Project:TBA

Miller

Kamilyah Miller

DVM, Tuskegee University
BS, Florida A&M University

Research Field: PhD Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Herrin

Hometown: Miami, FL

Research Project: Prevalence of Echinococcus spp. in the United States.

Lee

So Lee Park

DVM/PhD, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field: Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Dana Vanlandingham

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Research Project:

Frazier

Kendra Riley (Frasier)

PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine

Discipline: Pathobiology, multi-disciplinary

Mentor: Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hometown and Country: Dexter, Kansas

Research Project: Livestock herd contact networks in the U.S. production system and the application of that data to modeling the effects of Foot-and-mouth Disease introduction and spread within and between herds.

Sang

Huldah Sang

B.Sc (Moi University, Kenya)
M.Sc Molecular Life Science (Wageningen, Netherlands)

Research Field: Immunology

Mentor: Dr Waithaka Mwangi

Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya

Research Project: Focus on broadly protective Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus vaccine

Sangewar

Neha Sangewar

B.Tech in Biotechnology- National Institute of Technology Raipur, IndiaMasters in Biotechnology- Texas A&M University, College Station-TX

Research Field: Immunology, Infectious diseases, Vaccine development

Mentor: Dr. Waithaka Mwangi

Hometown: Bhilai, India

Research Project:

Sydney

Sydney Schnur

BS in Animal Sciences from Purdue University
PhD Candidate

Research Field: Pathobiology

Mentor: Drs. T.G. Nagaraja and Dan Thomson

Hometown: Greenfield, IN

Research Project: Antimicrobial alternatives in beef production.

Seger

Hannah Seger

PhD. Kansas State University school of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field: Diagnostic medicine and Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Research Project: Modeling of E.coli transmission in feedlot cattle. Started project December 2015.

Smith

Joseph R. Smith

PhD Student

Research Field:

Mentor: Dr. Chanran Ganta

Hometown:

Research Project:

Smith

MaRyka Smith

DVM/PhD Concurrent
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science: Veterinary Medicine Expected 2020
Kansas State University

Research Field: Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Mike Sanderson

Hometown: Hoyt, KS

Research Project: Epidemiology, TBD

Toillion

Alyssa Toillion

BS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
MPH, PhD, Kansas State University

Research Field: Antimicrobial Resistance, Epidemiology, Anaplasmosis

Mentor: Dr. Reif

Hometown: Auburn, KS

Research Project: Evaluation of bovine zoonotic commensal antibiotic susceptibility and community composition in response to antimicrobial based anaplasmosis-control regimens.

Christian

Christian Young (Cook)

BS Oklahoma State University,
MS Texas A&M University
PhD Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field: Virology – Arboviruses

Mentor: Dr. Dana Vanlandingham

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Research Project: Study of arboviruses

Zajac

Michelle Zajac

BS, MS, PhD, Kansas State University

Research Field: Immunology, Vaccine Development, Infectious Diseases (emphasis on African Swine Fever)

Mentor: Dr. Mwangi

Hometown: Hutchinson, KS

Research Project: Rationally designed vaccine for African Swine Fever Virus; evaluate and quantify T-cell responses, and map CTL epitopes.

Zhu

Congrui Zhu

Bachelor of Agriculture(Nanjing Agriculture University,China),
Master of science (Georgetown University, USA),
PhD in progress (Kansas State University, USA)

Research Field: Microbiology

Mentor: R.Pad Padmanabhan and Dr. Philip R. Hardwidge

Hometown: Yangzhou, China

Research Project: Study of human genes involved in A. Hyrophila and Vibrio vulnificus infection.
Type three secretion system of EHEC and EPEC